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Supporters of the Protect Oakland Renters Act pack the City Council chambers at Tuesday’s committee
meeting. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Only Renter Protection Measure Can Keep Tenants in Oakland, Say Advocates Mayor opposes expanding eviction protection to new units in Oakland

Oakland councilmembers could have decided at this week’s Community and Economic Development (CED) committee to send a rent protection initiative to the full City Council for approval to put on the November ballot for voters [...]
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City Attorney Beats Big Soda on Health Warnings

  A U.S. District Court judge has rejected a bid by three trade associations — including the national lobby for sugar-sweetened beverage manufacturers — that sought to enjoin San Francisco from enforcing its first-in-the-nation health [...]
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New Federal Report Finds U.S. Public Schools becoming Re-segregated by Race and Income

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a national report this week on racial and economic isolation in public schools.   Released on the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court [...]
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California’s Voter Registration Deadline Is May 23 To vote in the Presidential Primary Election on June 7, you have to make sure you are registered to vote

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson are encouraging you to register before the California deadline on Monday, May 23.     Those who want to vote in Alameda County should call (510) 267-8683.

Op-Ed: Oakland Officials Brag About Diversity While Black Workers Are Shut Out African-Americans receive only 5% of work on city-funded construction

    African-Americans made up 28 percent of the Oakland population in 2013-2014 but only worked five percent the hours on city-funded construction projects.   That may seem impossible in Oakland, a city that prides [...]
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Oakland Rejects Police Discipline in 74 Percent of Review Board Cases

A new report from the city’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) reveals that the Oakland City Administrator dismissed or modified the review board’s recommended discipline against police officers in 74 percent of the allegations that [...]